Obama’s Top Ten Constitutional Violations of 2015




Cato Weekly Dispatch
December 31, 2015

Obama’s Top Ten Constitutional Violations of 2015

One of President Obama’s chief accomplishments has been to return the Constitution to a central place in our public discourse. Unfortunately, he did this not by talking up federalism or the separation of powers but by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document.

As the nation limps into the President’s lame-duck year, Americans have much to ponder regarding the example he has set for his successor—and what powers that successor will abuse.

The 2016 Presidential Candidate Intervention Meter

Foreign policy is poised to play an even bigger than expected role in this election, thanks to the many fires burning across the globe. In particular, of course, every candidate will have to explain how he or she intends to grapple with the mess in the Middle East. Unfortunately, as we heard during the most recent debates, most of the answers so far involve more American military intervention.

The Presidential Candidate Intervention Meter is based on an analysis of proposals made by the candidates between August and December 14, 2015. It scores each proposal for the use of force according to how expansive, expensive, or entangling it is.

How Is Obamacare Doing?

You know that Obamacare is having a really bad year when Paul Krugman starts to concede that it “has hit a few rough patches lately.” To be sure, Krugman still believes that Obamacare is working, but even he must acknowledge that it is “an imperfect system” and that “the run of unexpectedly good news for Obamacare has come to an end.”

That’s one way to spin it. But, how is Obamacare really doing?

“We’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars and disrupted the entire health-care system to expand insurance coverage to surprisingly few people,” writes Cato Senior FellowMichael D. Tanner. “Health-care costs are rising, premiums are skyrocketing, choice and competition are shrinking, adverse selection is taking hold, and coverage is not nearly as good as hoped.”

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